Gender Feminine
Usage French
Pronounced Pron. ZHU-NU-VYEHV, ZHUN-VYEHV  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From the medieval name Genovefa, which is of uncertain origin. It could be derived from the Germanic elements *kunją "clan, family, lineage" and *wībą "wife, woman". Alternatively it could be of Gaulish origin, from the related Celtic element *genos "kin, family" combined with a second element of unknown meaning. This name was borne by Saint Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, who inspired the city to resist the Huns in the 5th century.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesGenoveva(Catalan) Genevieve(English) Genoveffa(Italian) Genovaitė, Genė(Lithuanian) Genovefa(Old Germanic) Genowefa(Polish) Genoveva, Veva(Portuguese) Genoveva, Veva(Spanish)
Same SpellingGenevieve


People think this name is

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Name Days

France: January 3


Depiction of Saint GenevièveDepiction of Saint Geneviève


Entry updated December 7, 2022